by Peter Paden Published March 7, 2014 in the Register-Star
More Power Lines In Our Future?
Power line proposals are in the headlines in Columbia County these days. A couple of years ago NYSEG proposed to construct a new power line across more than 11 miles of farms, wood lots, wetlands and scenic public spaces in Ghent. More recently, serious discussion is underway of proposals arising out of Governor Cuomo’s so-called “Energy Highway” initiative that could significantly expand major power line corridors already bisecting large portions of our county, leading to the condemnation of hundreds of acres of privately-owned land, including productive farmland, healthy forests and other sensitive ecosystems, and creating an enormous visual blight across a broad and lengthy swath of our landscape. CONTINUE READING
March 10 – April 14, 2014
Online Webinar, Mondays 7-8:30pm
Many new farmers are most interested in the technical details of producing a crop, but the invisible side of farming is equally important to a successful business: understanding how to select a business structure, navigate regulatory and tax implications of their farms, and manage a variety of risks.
BF 103: Taking Care of Business – Understanding the Business, Tax, and Regulatory Implications of Your Farm is a 6-week online course designed to help orient new farmers to these topics.
Stephen Hadcock, Extension Educator with Capital Area Agricultural and Horticultural Program, NY
Lynn Bliven, Extension Educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Allegany-Cattaraugus Counties, NY.
To register, click here.
Let us thank you for your support of land protection in Columbia County and celebrate the successes we have achieved together. We invite all of our members and volunteers to our annual Pancake Breakfast celebration on Saturday, March 29th, where you can enjoy pancakes with local maple syrup, live music, and activities for children. Admission is free for all donors, volunteers, and their families. To register, please visit our Events page.
Connect with the land by joining us at one or more of our upcoming events! Enjoy beautiful Columbia County and explore a variety of habitats.
The 6th Farm Film Festival will run on March 16, 2014 at the Crandell Theatre in Chatham, NY. The festival is sponsored, among others, by Columbia Land Conservancy.
March 30 – April 1, 2014
Gideon Putnam Resort, Saratoga Springs, NY
23 sessions on a variety of topics of interest to municipal boards, attorneys, professional planners, code enforcement officers and others. Accredited for the required 4 hours of annual training for planning boards and ZBAs. In-service credits for code enforcement officers, continuing education credits for attorneys (CLE) and professional planners (CM).
To register, click here, or call NYPF 518 512 5270.
by Peter Paden
Published February 7, 2014 in the Register-Star
Farming Our Future: February 22, Taconic Hills, Don’t Miss It
When was the last time you were at an event in Columbia County attended by several hundred people from widely varying sectors of the community who got together and focused in a substantive, constructive and friendly way on a major issue confronting our county? For me, it was eleven months ago, when I attended the second annual Farming Our Future conference at the Taconic Hills High School. It was a great day of learning, discussion and networking focused on the future of farming in Columbia County. The conference brought together a diverse array of experienced farmers, aspiring farmers, people who own farm land or are looking to acquire it, professionals who work in farm-related businesses and non-profits, professionals from the food industry, educators, political and community leaders, and people whose only connection to agriculture is that they love living in a rural area and want to ensure it will remain so. It was a terrific event. And I wrote an article that explained why anyone with a connection to farming in Columbia County or an interest in it would have loved being there.
This year, the third annual conference will be held on Saturday February 22, and I figure it’s more useful to tell you all about it now, before the fact, so maybe you can make plans to be there. If you are interested in these things, you really ought to try to make it.
With almost a foot of fresh snow on the ground, it is time to strap on our snowshoes! We have planned a three-day event for one and all to have fun drawing patterns in the snow! Artist Sonja Hinrichsen will lead a community project to create snowshoe designs on Sutherland Pond, Ooms Public Conservation Area.
Volunteers can come at any point and stay for as long as they like. The drawing sessions will run Friday through Sunday, February 7-9, from 10am-3pm each day.
For more information, please visit our Events page.